The best view - from Dad's shoulders!

Father’s Day is right around the corner.  So, Dads, let’s take a moment to see how you can be good to yourself by making sure that you’re in top-notch shape health-wise. Adopting this short, easy-to-do list of habits as a guiding principle can be key to a healthier and happier life, and add more years to enjoy your children, grandchildren as well as accomplish your bucket list.

Here’s what you need to know:

Get movin‘:  If you’re not already exercising, now is the time to go for it with summer approaching and light-filled days. It doesn’t have to be for a long time – say, ½ hour each day on a swift-paced walk, exercise bike, or a swim.  The good news is that exercise—especially the short, intense bursts in circuit or interval training—helps maintain and develop muscles, strength and stamina, and increase metabolism, according to a recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.  It will improve your attitude, too.

Eat right: Ding! Ding!  That’s where Green Foods comes in.

Submitted by a fan, Regan.

You don’t need trendy diets or expensive exercise programs to tell you that when you eat healthy meals, and nourish your body with superfoods like premium barley grass juice powder in our Green Magma or Magma Plus, you feel better, inside and out. Make an effort to blend a smoothie in the morning with True Vitality which is our plant based protein powder and so much easier to digest than animal protein (and it tastes great!).  Add some Chia seeds to get an additional boost in energy and Omega-3 oils (find us on Facebook for great smoothie recipes!).  Pick up a piece of fruit in the afternoon and do your best to let go of sneaking in those caffeinated drinks and overly processed snacks.

On a more serious note, in 2010, nearly 218,000 men in the United States were diagnosed with prostate cancer, a largely curable challenge when caught in its early stages, according to the American Cancer Society. So why not eat well to prevent potential cancer cells from becoming a bigger problem?

Go in for a checkup: Dr. Mehmet Oz, a professor of cardiac surgery at Columbia University, shared on The Oprah Winfrey Show that men who consider themselves “macho” are 50 percent less likely to seek preventative health care. Regular checkups can help you catch a whole array of physical ailments that may not present symptoms until much later. At the very least, here’s what you need to get checked: blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, prostate, thyroid, and colon.

Let go: Fathers are much less likely than mothers to take care of their emotional selves, yet men face just as much family, finance, and work stress as women do.  It’s important to make an effort to do things that help you unwind and let go of the day’s pressures: connect with friends, go out on a date with your partner, take a yoga class, learn meditation as a relaxation tool, or read a good book and don’t forget to b-r-e-a-t-h-e.

And remember that any time you stumble, it’s just another opportunity to pick yourself back up.  Be easy on yourself!

We are offering $5 off our products in our online store through June 22nd in honor of Father’s Day and men’s wellness.  Just enter: LOVEMYDAD at the check-out and “Like” us on Facebook to get notices on giveaways, contests and more!

Take care and enjoy your day, Dads!




Green Magma Princess

Green Foods Family Style!

We had a great time at the Green Festival, S.F. this past weekend turning many people of all ages on to the magma-tizing powers of our Green Magma and Magma Plus barley grass juice.  Some responses we received:  “This doesn’t taste anything like wheatgrass – it’s much more mild and easier to drink,” and “It looks so green and alive!”

A refreshing oasis at the busy show

Barley grass juice is most certainly a vibrant green color and incredibly abundant with so many nutrients:

  • Essential and non-essential amino acids
  • High amounts of enzymes like superoxide dismutase (SOD)
  • Folic acid
  • Antioxidants
  • Caretenoids including beta carotene
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Flavonoids
  • Vitamins: B2, B6, B1, B12, C, K
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Chlorophyll
 “[Barley Grass is] one of the most incredible products of this decade. It improves stamina, sexual energy, clarity of thought, and reduces addiction to things that are bad for you. It also improves the texture of the skin and heals the dryness associated with aging.”   – Dr. Howard Lutz, Director of the Institute of Preventive Medicine, Washington D.C.

Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, founder of Green Foods, discovered over 40 years ago that young barley grass is the most nutritionally balanced food in nature.  He discovered that the most nutritious part of the plant resides in its young green blades of grass and developed a spray-dry method to capture and protect the abundant nutrients and enzymes in freshly harvested young grass.  It is through this method that Green Magma was born and is available for the benefit of all.

So, what are some the benefits of barley grass juice?

1.      Enhanced metabolism:  Dr. Kubota at the Science University of Tokyo found that barley grass juice reduces serum cholesterol in rats fed a high-cholesterol diet.  And mice fed barley grass juice were 150% more active than mice fed a control diet.

2.      Cellular regeneration/Anti-inflammatory:  Dr. Perricone has conducted studies with Green Magma that show significant cellular repair and rejuvenation amongst his clients which is directly related to barley grass’ anti-aging properties in fighting free radical activity, reducing inflammation, and supporting healthy blood flow.

3.      Stimulates weight loss:  Many people report that supplementation of Green Magma stimulates weight loss as well as crucial nutritional support during a cleanse or diet.

4.     Improves digestion and promotes regularity:  Barley grass helps combat ulcerative colitis by lowering the amount of inflammatory chemicals in the by balancing the water content of the bowel content. Studies also show that barley grass increases the amount of friendly bacteria in bowels.

5.     Strengthens the immune systemPhytonutrients and flavinoids are necessary for maintaining optimal health and protecting the body from toxins in our environment.

Barley grass has also shown promising results in preliminary studies done on its ability to inhibit certain cancer cell growths.  We have received testimonies over the years from cancer patients who have been supported tremendously by consuming Green Magma and changing their lifestyles.  One of our Green Foods Facebook fans posted:

“Green Magma is amazing! My brother has cancer and is going through intense chemo right now and this is the ONLY thing that makes him feel better and gives him energy. Thank you.” Brittany Vasseur

As you can see, there are so many benefits to including barley grass juice to ones diet!  We receive a number of testimonials as to how it improves mental clarity, hair, skin and nails, and the #1 benefit we hear is increased energy levels.  Many of our fans have ditched their addiction to coffee and prefer to make a morning and mid-afternoon green shake instead.

We invite you to share your stories with us here or on our company Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/greenfoodscorp

Keep shining!

Orie, Marisol, and Aki


Lutz, Howard Dr.  Institute of Preventative Medicine, Washington D.C.

Perricone, Nicholas, M.D. Dr. Perricone’s 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health and Longevity. Ballentine Books, NY, NY.  2006.

It was just two years ago that I heard about chia seeds, and I immediately thought of my old clay Chia Pet rabbit that sprouted grass hair when I was a little kid in the 70s.  Most of us don’t realize that chia seed is incredibly nutritious and has been used for centuries for its healing properties.

Chia is a seed from the salvia plant native to Mexico and was once used as a “running food” for the Aztec warriors, known for its high protein and endurance properties.  The Aztec and Maya cultures all used chia as a staple in their diets.  In fact, “Chia” is the Mayan word for “strength.”

Today, chia seed is being rediscovered as a super food thanks to the help of Dr. Wayne Coates, research professor at the University of Arizona, Tuscon, who states that chia seed is 15% protein.  This is a much higher percentage of protein than found in other grains, such as oats, wheat, corn, and rice.  Not only does chia seed contain a higher percentage of protein than other grains, but they are also gluten free. Most of its fat is made up of essential omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid or ALA, according to the USDA.

Chia seed (magnified)

Dr. Andrew Weil, well-known health and wellness advisor, considers chia to be an excellent source of omega-3 fattyacids, even better than flax seed.  Chia is rich in soluable and insoulable fiber – a 25-gram portion of chia contains about 7g, as well as other important nutrients, such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, and zinc.

Ground or Whole?

I wondered if it is necessary to grind chia seed (like we need to with flax seed) to make it more bio-available*, and Dr. Coates’ response in an interview was “Not really. With flax you have to grind it, because it has a hard seed coat.  Chia doesn’t, so you don’t need to grind it.”  He goes on to mention that grinding won’t hurt anything because chia has natural anti-oxidants, so it won’t go rancid like flax seed.  You would think grinding the seed should allow the nutrients to be more available for the body to use, but there is no scientific proof that this is the case with chia.

Green Foods Organic Chia is grown in its native lands of Central America, sourced primarily from Mexico and Guatemala.  Green Foods chooses to provide chia in whole seed form which allows Green Foods fans the option to grind them or use them whole.   Some prefer to soak chia in water to form a gel which basically just brings out the soluble fiber.  Clearly, there is no right or wrong way to enjoy chia seed!

Personally, I love to throw mild-tasting chia in salads at night and steel-cut oats or smoothies in the morning.  It is a surprisingly uplifting and healthy addition to my diet.

Keep checking in for more exciting ways to use chia and further discussion about its benefits.

Happy Chia-ing!

* What does bio-available mean? This is a term used to describe availability of nutrients in a food to the body. The more bio–available a food is, the more complete and faster the body can absorb the nutrients.


Anderson, William.  “Chia Seed – The Ancient Food of the Future.” October, 2009.  Living and Raw Foods.

Mendosa, David.  A Blog on the Latest Developments of Diabetes.  December 13, 2007.

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 23 (2010).

Weil, Andrew M.D.  “Chia for Health.” May 15, 2006.

As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, we are growing all of our organic young barley grass at our parent company’s farms in Usa, Japan.  From my trips to our farms in Japan, I’ve noticed a few striking differences between American farms and Japanese farms.  In Japan, we use much smaller sized farms, we don’t use pesticides/herbicides, our farmers are older and more experienced, and the machinery we use is smaller. 

Does this affect the quality we get from Japan?  In fact, we get higher quality barley grass and powder from Japan because of their specialized knowledge, honed from 40 years farming barley on small plots where quality can be strictly controlled. 

Small Farms:  In Japan, a country approximately the size of California, the space suitable for farming is extremely limited.  In order to provide farmers in Japan with enough land to grow their crops, farms are divided into very small fields  scattered throughout the Usa region of Oita Prefecture.  At most, one of our numerous fields is 2.5 acres.  Because the fields are so small, each farmer is able to become very familiar with each plot of land, and more effectively grow crops.  These small farms also make it easier for the farmer to control the conditions (soil, nutrients, water) and as a result, can produce high-quality barley.

Use of Herbicides and Pesticides:  With the extremely large farms in the United States, it becomes extremely difficult to eradicate weeds, pests, and disease, once they gain hold at a farm.  Because they can spread so quickly, the use of pesticides is inevitable.  In Japan, fields are smaller and often surrounded by tall, dense vegetation which helps to prevent the spread of weeds, pests, and disease.  When a problem occurs at one field, we can easily cancel the cultivation of that particular field early in the process, thereby minimizing the expansion and impact of the problem to other fields.  The Japanese way of farming creates an environment where the use of pesticides can be reduced.  In order for us to eradicate weeds, we use machines as well as manpower.  Due to the fact that there is less to “look over,” our farmers can keep a close eye on their fields, thus avoiding the widespread use of chemicals.

Our barley fields are often surrounded by dense vegetation, to keep out unwanted pests and chemicals.

Career Farmers:  The farmers growing our barley have been with the company since it started, in 1969.  Throughout their 40 years of service, they have become experts in the cultivation of young barley grass.  Their intimate knowledge of proprietary cultivation methods, the land and climate have made them invaluable.  Growing young barley is not the same as growing barley (the grain) for food.  Specialized knowledge is required, and has been obtained by our career farmers.

Small Machinery:  Another big difference between the US and Japan is the size of the machinery used.  Because the machines are easy to handle and the growing area of each farmer is relatively small, there are many female and elderly people working in Japanese farms.  Our barley cultivation is also supported by many female and senior workers.  Their passion and dedication to quality allows us to offer the finest young barley grass.

At our parent company in Japan, our employees have been busy bees preparing for the upcoming barley harvest.  The rainy summer season has ended , and the weather is starting to turn.  These past few weeks, the weather has been around 77 F (25 C) during the day, dropping to 59 F (15 C) in the early morning.  This is our signal that we should prepare the fields for another busy harvest season.

Farmers preparing to add organic fertilizer to freshly prepared fields

Through our 40 years of farming in Japan, we have learned that the most fruitful time to grow our barley is in the fall, winter, and early spring.  Though it seems counterintuitive to grow when it is cold and snowy, the barley is of better quality and more nutrient dense than the stuff that grows in hot climates.  Think of the lush tropical rain forests in Hawaii:  the plants grow fast and large, but they aren’t very nutrient dense.  Rather, they are filled with water and fiber, to support the heavy, fast growing leaves.  For Green Magma, slow growth in the fall and winter is key: the barley absorbs more nutrients and maintains its deep, rich green color.

Our head farmer, Mr. Kimura:

“Barley seeds do not sprout when the temperature is too high in the soil.  The optimum seeding period begins in the middle of September when the soil temperature goes down.”

Since we are an organic operation, the most important task at hand these past few weeks has been clearing the fields from weeds.  This involves repeatedly plowing up the fields to prevent the seeds of weeds from growing into any part of the fields.

After the fields are properly weeded, the farmers mix fully-ripened organic fertilizers (composts) into the freshly prepared fields.  Then they start planting seeds and prepare for the growth of young barley grass.  Since we cannot completely avoid weeds in the fields, the farmers continue to carefully remove by hand the weeds as the barley grows.  Without using any pesticides or herbicides, this is the toughest work in field management but very important to grow quality young barley grass.

Farmers adding organic fertilizer

Farmers preparing the rows for the barley seeds

We received a great email from dog rescuer and savior Miss Alli in South Carolina.  She had purchased some Barley Dog for some of her senior rescues and those suffering from malnutrition and skin diseases.  From Miss Alli herself:

Miss Alli’s Rescue used “Barley Dog” on several of our senior rescues. In a less than two weeks we saw great improvement with mobility and overall energy in each of the dogs. Alli, the Great Pyrenees, loves the taste of Barley Dog! We ran out for a couple of days and in order to get her to eat without the Barley Dog, we had to bribe her with canned food!  There are also several others that like to lick the bowl to try and get more Barley Dog leftovers.

We are happy to see our seniors with more energy and walking easier despite arthritis. We are so glad we decided to try Barley Dog and plan on keeping it a part of our rescue’s health plan for the animals!

Here’s a picture of Alli, Barley Dog’s # 1 fan.  Please leave a comment with pictures of your Barley Dog fan!

Scott Jurek will be in So Cal presenting “Eat, Run & Live Long” Thur. 3/11 6:30-7:30PM at the Santa Ana Mother’s Market. He’ll be sharing the tricks of the trade on eating well and running long (ULTRA LONG!). Lots of practical nutrition info for runners and non runners alike!